OKLAHOMA CITY – The way Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson looked at it, it was his turn at the game-clinching shot. So he asked coach Jason Kidd for the ball on the final possession.Johnson made the most of his last-second opportunity, sinking a high-arching jumper at the buzzer to give the Nets a 95-93 comeback win over Oklahoma City on Jan. 2.“He delivered,” Kidd said.Brooklyn (11-21) trailed 89-79 with 6:54 remaining, but used a 14-0 run to go up 93-89 in the closing minutes — surprising the Western Conference-leading Thunder (25-7).After the Nets rallied for that four-point lead, Deron Williams — who finished with a season-high 29 points — and Kevin Garnett both missed shots that could have sealed the win.Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka tied the game at 93 with an inside basket with 5.8 seconds left. Johnson then took a pass from Garnett on the other end, stepped back and connected on a 19-footer from the top of the key.Brooklyn had lost two in a row and six of seven coming into the game.“I thought we as a team did a great job in keeping the game close and coming up with the big plays, especially in the fourth quarter and down the stretch,” Johnson said. “Coach drew the play up in the huddle, and the rest is history.”Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The NBA’s leading scorer had scored 33 or more in each of Oklahoma City’s last three games — all of which it played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook following his knee surgery on Dec. 27.The loss was the second straight for the Thunder, which fell to Portland on Dec. 31. It’s only the second time Oklahoma City has lost two straight games this season.“We’ve just got to be better,” Durant said. “It’s tough to swallow, losing at the buzzer like that after being up so much.”Brooklyn, which trailed by as many as 16 points twice in the game, appeared finished at various points during the first half and even near the end of the third quarter when the Thunder went up 77-61 after a 3-pointer by Jeremy Lamb.The Nets, however, had other plans — going on their 14-0 run in the closing minutes to take a 93-89 lead. Paul Pierce scored five points during the spurt, and Williams gave Brooklyn its first lead since the first half with a 3-pointer to go up 91-89.Pierce finished with 18 points, but it was Williams who spearheaded the fourth-quarter comeback. He scored 18 in the second half.“We didn’t give in to the team making the run, even though in the third quarter they really pushed the lead,” Pierce said. “The crowd really got behind them, but the thing is we really stayed together.“Hopefully we can build on it.”The loss was the third in four games at home for the Thunder, who opened the season 13-0 at home.“We have to do a better job definitely of protecting leads,” coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s something that we have to do a better job of, especially on our home floor.”Brooklyn, despite its struggles this season, was up 29-26 after the first quarter — led by eight points from Williams. The Nets stayed close into the second quarter, trailing 38-37 after a 3-pointer by Mirza Teletovic.Oklahoma City, now 14-3 at home this season, took control after that with a 14-1 run to go up 52-38. Ibaka had two fast-break baskets during the spurt and Durant added a pull-up 3 on the break.Thabo Sefolosha capped the run with a jumper for the Thunder, who shot 52.5 percent (21 of 40) in the first half. The guard also gave Oklahoma City its biggest lead of the half with a free throw to go up 59-43 late in the second quarter.The Nets were just 13-of-34 shooting (38.2 percent) in the first half, but connected on 18 of 36 shots (50 percent) in the second half. Williams was 10 of 17 from the floor, while Johnson finished 4 of 11.None were bigger than his last shot.“That’s a good way to start the new year,” Williams said.(Kurt Voigt, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — Authorities are investigating a burglary at a museum honoring Yogi Berra.Montclair State University Police Chief Paul Cell says the break-in at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center happened Wednesday morning. He would not say what, if anything, was taken.The museum honoring the New York Yankees Hall of Famer opened in the late 1990s. It is located on the university’s campus in the northern New Jersey community of Little Falls. In addition to the baseball exhibits and memorabilia, it offers children’s educational programs that focus on sportsmanship and social justice.County, state and federal agencies are assisting in the investigation.The Essex County Crimestoppers program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the burglary.
NEW YORK — There are no credible threats against this weekend’s New York City Marathon, Police Commissioner William Bratton said.This is the second time the race has been run since the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Security was stepped up last year, with organizers planning similar measures Nov. 3.Barriers were erected around Central Park, where the race ends, and spectators could enter only through a few designated checkpoints where bags were searched.Chief James Waters, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau, said officials in New York scoured social media after last year’s marathon to gauge runners’ and fans’ reactions to the increased security.“They felt reassured by our police presence, and the presence of all the other city agencies,” he said at a news conference with Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio.More than 4,000 officers will be deployed, Bratton said. The NYPD also will use four airships and about 20 vessels in the waters around the city.De Blasio and Bratton attended a meeting that included various city agencies and the FBI to go over preparations.Bratton, who succeeded Raymond Kelly as Commissioner in January, spent time in Boston to see how the city handled security for April’s marathon there, the first since the bombings.After recent “lone wolf” attacks in Canada and in New York, where a man assaulted officers with a hatchet last week, Bratton emphasized the importance of vigilance by residents to report suspicious or concerning activities.About 50,000 runners are expected for the race through the five boroughs.De Blasio said there was no reason for concerns about Ebola in conjunction with the marathon. “This year, the best professionals in health and safety have added their input to make sure things will go smoothly,” he said.Marathon organizers said they have no runners signed up for this year’s race from the three West African countries stricken by Ebola.TweetPinShare0 Shares
INDIANAPOLIS — Over a matter of mere minutes, the youngsters at Duke grew into salty old pros.Call them freshmen. But please, do not call them kids.Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s talented group of potential one-and-doners played like veterans down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes April 6 to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program’s fifth national title.“It shows a lot about their confidence,” said Quinn Cook, Duke’s only senior starter.Okafor, the likely first pick in the NBA draft if he decides to leave, got outplayed by Badgers senior center Frank Kaminsky most of the night but came through big when the pressure was highest.The 6-foot-11 freshman made two straight buckets over Kaminsky, sandwiched between a pair of 3-pointers from Jones, to help the Blue Devils (35-4) turn a one-time nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead with 1:22 left.A furious Wisconsin rally ensued, but it came up short. Then, it was Okafor on the bottom of a rowdy dog pile — a scene reminiscent of the last time the Final Four was Indianapolis, back in 2010 when Duke edged out Butler in another scintillating final. The Blue Devils also took one here in 1991 — the Grant Hill, Christian Laettner squad.“It was heaven,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the stadium where he’s now 4-0 in Final Fours. “It was really divine.”Krzyzewski now has five titles, alone in second place on the all-time list, behind only John Wooden.Coach K did it with a collection of All-Americans — many of whom won’t be around too long.There’s Okafor, his buddy, Jones — who finished with 23 points and was named MVP — and another freshman, Justise Winslow. All might be playing at an NBA arena near you next season.Grayson Allen? He’ll be back.The most overlooked of Krzyzewski’s first-year players stepped up with Okafor on the bench for much of the second half in foul trouble.Allen, the slam-dunk champion at the high school McDonald’s All-American contest last year, scored 16 points — 12 above his average — including eight straight for Duke after Wisconsin (36-4) had gone up by nine.“It was fun to watch my teammates do what they do,” Okafor said. “They have my back the entire season, and it was no different tonight.”This was a savvy, calm, collected comeback against the team that wrote the book on that all season.Wisconsin kept its cool two nights earlier in an upset over undefeated Kentucky and looked like it would close the deal when it turned a 31-all halftime tie into a 48-39 lead after Kaminsky made a layup with 13:23 left.Then, suddenly, Duke looked like veterans and Wisconsin looked like kids.The Blue Devils took the lead for good with 4:08 left when Jones made a 3, then fell hard to the ground while tangled up with Bronson Koenig. Dick Vitale’s call: “You cannot be serious!”On Duke’s next possession, Kaminsky tried to wrap an arm around Okafor in the paint, but the big fella powered his way through it for the bucket and the foul.He missed the free throw, but a different point was made: Kaminsky had 21 points and 12 rebounds to Okafor’s 10 and three, yet down the stretch, “Frank the Tank” struggled to get a good look and Okafor helped win the game.“He got in some foul trouble, but because of his positive attitude, he made some big plays down the stretch,” Jones said.In the seconds leading to Okafor’s first basket, Winslow appeared to step on the baseline. But the whistle never blew and he delivered it to Okafor for the score.That, and the foul count, had the Wisconsin Twitterverse fuming about some calls. The Badgers got whistled for only two fouls in the first half, but the count in the second half was Badgers 13, Blue Devils 6. Duke shot 20 free throws to Wisconsin’s 10.“There was more body contact in this game than any game we played all year, and I just feel sorry for my guys that all of the sudden a game was like that,” Badgers coach Bo Ryan said.Even though Kaminsky schooled Okafor to draw both his third and fourth fouls early in the second half, Wisconsin couldn’t pull away from an aggressive Duke defense that allowed only 55 points a game in the five contests leading to the final.Wisconsin shot 41 percent — 7 points under its season average.“Shots just weren’t falling, and they were getting to the line, and when the tide changes like that, it’s kind of hard to get back in the flow,” said Badgers forward Sam Dekker.Nigel Hayes had 13 points and Dekker, the key guy down the stretch against Kentucky, had a very quiet 12 for the Badgers, who were trying to bring their first title back to Madison since 1941.Dekker used his shirt to dab away tears during postgame interviews — a much different scene than the loose, fun-loving media sessions the Badgers put on all tournament.For Duke, it was all smiles. The Blue Devils are taking another trophy home to the Cameron Crazies.“All these guys have become students of the game, and they share knowledge,” Krzyzewski said.This was not a dominant, wire-to-wire effort the likes of which some of the Duke title teams have enjoyed in seasons past.Kentucky and its quest for perfection stole the headlines this season. So, playing in relative shadows down on Tobacco Road was this group, which actually might have more one-and-dones than coach John Calipari does at Kentucky. Calipari was in the building, by the way — honored for his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame. He got booed heavily.In the end, it was all confetti and cheers. And it’s not Calipari’s team, but Krzyzewski’s, that will end up in the history books.(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos halted a three-game losing streak on Sunday, defeating Atromitos 2-0 in the Greek league to keep its six-point lead over Panionios.Both goals came off crosses by Costas Fortounis. Manuel Da Costa rose over the defense in the 36th minute to head in the ball and, in the 63rd, Socratis Fytanidis tried to clear but instead put the ball in his own net.AEK Athens defeated third-placed PAOK 3-0, leaving Panionios as the realistic challenger to Olympiakos. With six rounds left, Olympiakos has 54 points, Panionios 48 and PAOK 43.Also, Kerkyra beat Xanthi 1-0 and Platanias defeated Veria by the same score.Olympiakos defeated Atromitos 2-0. Photo: Eurokinissi Sports/Dimitris DoudoumisKerkyra beat Xanthi 1-0. Photo: EurokinissiTweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, CA (AP) – Soon after capturing the franchise’s second title in three years Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn’t realize still had his number.While the Warriors haven’t formally met to discuss whether they will visit President Donald Trump’s White House as is customary for championship teams, Curry said his mind hasn’t changed from when he was asked earlier this year about the possibility. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump.“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago like the hypothetical if a championship were to happen what would I do and I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.”TweetPinShare11 Shares
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house.Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless.Curry scored 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past him as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.Curry had 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the third quarter, lying with his back flat on the court for his unique version of a snow angel and even following one basket with an expletive, shouting “This is my … house!” to the thousands who cheered and exhaled, exhilarated by his every move and rumble.“There’s obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there’s a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building,” Curry said. “It’s a cool moment. I was searching for it in the first half. I had plenty of opportunities, I just couldn’t knock it down. Third quarter it opened up. I’ve been doing it for a while. I won’t let two tough games shooting keep me frustrated.”Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The 41-point victory was the largest in franchise history during the postseason, topping a 39-point win — 85-46 — by the Philadelphia Warriors against the St. Louis Bombers on April 6, 1948.Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.“We’re in the middle of a hell of a run, obviously,” coach Steve Kerr said.The defending champions got defensive — and maybe a little mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters.Especially Curry, who snapped out of his slump with four in the second half.“I’ve seen those explosions happen everywhere, not just here,” Green said. “His 3 is similar to some people’s dunk. You go to certain arenas and a guy gets a dunk it’s just absurd. That’s how his 3 ball is. … Don’t mean to disappoint, but I’ve seen crazier from him.”Harden had 20 points and nine assists, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds as they combined to shoot just 12 for 32.Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, watches from the bench during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43.Of riding the emotion with his shot — after so many questions about his perceived struggles so far this series — Curry noted, “You’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes.”Under pressure from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from way back with 5:06 left in the third. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance.Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five 3s before going 4 for 5 in the second half. He is now 7 of 25 from long range — he made one in each of the first two games.“All it takes is one,” Kerr said.Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.Harden and Paul began 3 for 14 with Paul missing six shots before getting his first basket on goaltending against Andre Iguodala 2:39 before halftime.“Offensively we didn’t have any thrust, and they exploited it,” Harden said.Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime. The Warriors faced more stingy, in-the-face pressure from Houston, making it hard to get any early flow shooting. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 before halftime then missed from the deep the next time down.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball as he is defended by Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Houston school shooting.TIP-INSRockets: Trevor Ariza and Green received a double-technical with 6:49 to play when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words. … The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break points in the first period while getting none of their own. … They were outrebounded 49-41, committed 19 turnovers and shot 32 for 81 from the floor.Warriors: Kevon Looney had two key blocks off the bench in the first. … Durant notched his 20th straight postseason game with 20 or more points. … Golden State is 36-5 at home in the playoffs since the 2015 postseason. … Thompson (1,786) moved past Rick Barry (1,776) for second place on the Warriors’ career postseason scoring list. … Curry (712) moved past Barry (699) into sole possession for most postseason baskets in franchise history. … The “Run TMC” trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin were honored with a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout. On Monday, Richmond will introduce Hardaway as he goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame of which Richmond and Mullin are already members.PAUL’S HEALTHRockets coach Mike D’Antoni made the point once again about Paul being healthy: “There’s nothing wrong at all.”“We’re not going to win without him,” D’Antoni said. “So if he’s got to limp and drag his leg to the finish line, so be it. And he’s ready to do that.”ORACLE AURAThat deafening, bright yellow sellout crowd was imposing once again.“Somebody asked me, ‘Is Oracle tough to play?’ Yeah, because the Warriors play here,” D’Antoni said. “There’s a certain energy that their fans will give them and moments they hit two or three 3s you can get a buzz going that helps the home team. You just have to try to keep that crowd out as much as you can.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
The price tag on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics is now $6.88 billion, a $1.36 billion increase that comes mainly because of accounting measures designed to better reflect inflation over the long lead-up to those games.Most key numbers the organizing committee released Tuesday are essentially the same as those in the original bid documents, only adjusted from 2016 dollars to reflect the real value of the dollars at the time they’ll be received or spent — mainly in the later part of the 2020s.That includes the cost of venue infrastructure (increase from $1.19 billion to $1.46 billion) and the contingency fund being guaranteed by the city and state ($487 million to $615 million).If LA runs the games without any cost overruns, it will become the first host since at least 1984 — also a year that LA hosted — to do so.Next year’s Olympics in Tokyo originally were budgeted at $7.3 billion but are now expected to run $12.6 billion.Los Angeles initially projected a $5.3 billion budget for its original bid for the 2024 Games. But in a groundbreaking move, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles at the same time. Part of that agreement was that LA would reveal a revised budget, for 2028 instead of 2024, in the first quarter of this year.The revised budget does contain a 3 percent increase, $160 million of which is targeted toward youth sports throughout the city, and the rest earmarked to keep the organizing committee running during a lifespan that will run four years longer than initially anticipated.The city of Los Angeles and state of California originally were projected to guarantee $250 million each for the contingency fund — with LA on the hook for the first $250 million, then the state for the rest. Those figures have been adjusted to $270 million apiece; the organizing committee has repeatedly said it doesn’t expect to need that backup.Los Angeles is planning to host the games without building stadiums or arenas and by using infrastructure already in place or planned.Part of the new budget includes $200 million in projected new cash from top IOC sponsors that would come in addition to $437 million already budgeted.By agreeing to host an Olympics on an 11-year timeline instead of the usual seven years, LA cut different marketing deals with both the IOC and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The budget projects $2.51 billion in domestic sponsorship revenue — a lofty goal that organizers hope to reach with help of a new arrangement with NBC Universal that will pair advertising on the network’s platforms with sponsorship of the U.S. team.By: Eddie Pells, AP National WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Mouser: All Things IoT e-book explores opportunities and obstacles of IIoTNext SINTRONES awarded IRIS certification ISO/TS 22163 Kontron announced the first customer shipments of its new VX305C-40G 3U OpenVPX Open Systems Architecture SBC module to Herrick Technology Laboratories and another major U.S. system integrator. Developed in alignment with the SOSA Technical Standard, the Kontron VX305C-40G is the first instance of a new, fully-defined OpenVPX SBC profile, which was designed specifically to meet the needs of the U.S. defense community in their drive for Open System Architecture computing platforms.Designed to the soon-to-be-released VITA 65 slot profile SLT3-PAY-1F1F2U1TU1T1U1T-14.2.16, known as the “I/O Intensive SBC profile”, the VX305C-40G combines the computational power of the 12-core Intel Xeon D-1559 processor with a rich assortment of I/O, most notably the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Data Plane. The Kontron VX305C-40G opens a new era in OSA for defense systems.Herrick is integrating the VX305C-40G SBC with a Model 71813 XMC board from Pentek, which will provide customizable I/O signal status and control for their new SOSA(TM) C4ISR demonstrator system for the U.S. Army. Herrick selected the VX305C-40G specifically to demonstrate the I/O Intensive SBC functionality needed for their system. The performance and extensive I/O of the VX305C-40G gives Herrick the ability to bring a new level of server-class computing and digital signal processing to the battlefield using open systems architectures, and fills a critical niche in OSA platforms.The goal of OSA standards activities such as SOSA is to reduce the cost of defense systems and to enable more rapid technology upgrades. By tightly defining the physical connectivity and a minimum feature set for hardware modules, OSA products like the VX305C-40G can potentially reduce technology upgrade project times from months or years to days or weeks. Systems can also be rapidly changed as their missions evolve and new technologies bring new capabilities. Common slot profiles and functionalities defined in OSA standards increase the likelihood that new hardware modules will “just work” when inserted into an existing system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 Hours EXPECTED STORIES: *Press conferences of 1st ODI India vs England *Wimbledon reports *Report of FIFA World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia in Moscow. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEWKohli may bat at No 4 as India start as favourites against England By Chetan Narula Nottingham, Jul 11 (PTI) On a high after an impressive Twenty20 series win, an upbeat India will eye another dominant performance against hosts England in a three- match ODI series, which can be termed as a ‘dry run’ ahead of the World Cup next year. SPO-WRESTLING-PAKHome Ministry has cleared Pakistan’s participation at Asian jr championship: WFI New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Decks were today cleared for participation of Pakistani grapplers at the Asian Junior Championship after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) agreed to give an undertaking that the movement of the contingent from the neighbouring nation will be restricted to the competition venue. SPO-WIM-INDSharan and Sitak out of Wimbledon after close defeat London, Jul 11 (PTI) Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak’s remarkable run at the Wimbledon championships came to an end following a close defeat against experienced Americans Mike Bryan and Jack Sock in the men’s doubles quarterfinals. SPO-MARYEyeing a sixth world title, Mary Kom for ‘smart’ trainingNew Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Indian boxer MC Mary Kom says she has her sights set on a historic sixth World Championship crown and is training “smartly” to achieve it. PTI APA APA APA
The Croatian team received a heroes’ welcome after their sensational 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia.The Croates reached final of the World Cup for the first time in their history and their historic achievement meant a lot to the small European nation.Fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome their heroes, who bettered Croatia’s ‘golden generation’, who lost to France in the semi-final in 1998 in France. Till date, that was the best Croatian team according to the people of Croatia but Luka Modric’s men have done one better and as they returned home, they were treated like superstars in the streets of Zagreb.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECroatian hearts were broken on Sunday when Croatia went down fighting 4-2 to France in the summit clash in Moscow but a day later, their spirits were not dampened and people turned out in huge numbers to congratulate and celebrate Zlatko Dalic’s history makers.What a welcome for #WorldCup silver medallist in Zagreb. #BeProud #CRO #FlamingPride #Vatreni #Family pic.twitter.com/v0HqUFc8aZHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018Moja domovina… #Vatreni @HNTV_HR pic.twitter.com/0LXDUwnGegHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018 Croatia fans gathered in Zagreb to welcome the World Cup 2018 runners-up (Reuters Photo)While one would say, that Croatia had were outplayed by world champions France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the fight and determination they showed throughout the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalIt has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.advertisementIn the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.Also read – World Cup 2018: Fans clash with police in Paris, Croatian fans celebrateModric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece. Croatia reached the final of a World Cup for the first time in their history (AP Photo)It was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.And after the brilliant show in Russia, expectations will be high and fans would hope that this team can do wonders and finally win a major tournament in the coming years and make their nation prouder.
Samsung recently announced its latest flagship aka the Galaxy Note 9. The handset is expected to officially launch in India on August 22. Ahead of the launch, and just a day after the global launch at Unpacked event in New York, Samsung announced the India price of the Note 9. Samsung has already started taking pre-orders for Note 9 in India. Alongside the Note 9, Samsung has also announced certain offers on other smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S8 on the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day on Samsung shop. The cashback is available only if customers shop via either HDFC Bank or ICICI Bank cards and will end on August 31. Let’s take a look at the offers.In India, the Galaxy Note 9 has been priced starting at Rs 67,900 for the base model with 6GB of RAM/128GB of storage. The top-end variant with an 8GB/512GB storage will cost Rs 84,900. Samsung has partnered with HDFC Bank to offer cashback offers to customers. Samsung is offering a cashback of Rs 6,000 on making payments with HDFC credit cards. In addition, Note 9 will also come with no-cost EMI option plans with major credit cards. Samsung announced that customers will be able to buy Gear Sport for a price of Rs 4,999 – which originally costs Rs 22,900 — along with the Galaxy Note 9. The Note 9 will be available in three colours in India — Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper.Besides the Note 9, Samsung is also offering an instant cashback of Rs 5,000 on the Galaxy S9. The South Korean smartphone maker together with HDFC Bank is also offering – just like Note 9 – Rs 6,000 cashback on Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S9 originally sells for Rs 57,900, but after the cashback, the phone can be bought for an effective price of Rs 46,900. The cashback offer is available on both 128GB and 256GB storage version of the S9.advertisementIn addition, the Galaxy S9+ is selling with an instant cashback of Rs 3,000. Like the Note 9 and S9, Samsung has also partnered with HDFC to offer Rs 6,000 cashback on S9+. It is also offering an additional exchange value of up to Rs 6,000 on select smartphones on buying the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9+. The predecessor of the Note 9, the Note 8 is also selling with the HDFC Rs 4,000 cashback offer. There’s also an additional Rs 4,000 discount on exchange offer.Meanwhile, Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are selling with an additional exchange discount of Rs 4,000 and Rs 4,000 cashback on buying the phones with HDFC credit card. Both the S8 series of phones are selling with an instant cashback of Rs 4,000. Additionally, Galaxy J6 is selling with an additional cashback of Rs 1,500 on shopping with ICICI Bank credit cards. While the Galaxy J8 gets a Rs 2000 cashback on ICICI credit card cashback offer. An ICICI cashback of Rs. 2,000 can be availed when buying the more premium Galaxy J8.
By Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Sep 2 (PTI) Achievements over the past two weeks, in the world’s second biggest multi-sport event, matched India’s aspirations and set the country on a road that appears far more promising than the path it has been on for decades. The best-ever medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games is a leap forward for India sport after the Commonwealth Games medal spurt. In pursuit for success in the sporting arena and creating a niche for itself, India never had it so good in the continental showpiece that is considered next only to the Olympic Games. Even as the medallists come back with a feeling of accomplishment from Jakarta and Palembang, the surge in podium finishes could trigger new passion for Olympic sports in a country so obsessed with cricket. From teenager Saurabh Chaudhary to 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan, an assortment of athletes combined to produce a top show even as the country endured shocking results in kabaddi and hockey. With 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze, India’s medal tally stood at 69, a step up from Incheon four years ago when they won 65. India equalled the 15-gold tally of the 1951 inaugural Games but the country had never won 24 silvers before. Overall, India maintained its top-10 rank by finishing eighth yet again. Every multi-sporting event has witnessed controversies and it was no different this time too. However, once the action began, it was only the athletes and their performances that took centre stage. The track and field remained the most productive area for India as seven of the 15 gold came from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.advertisement It was the burly Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, who delivered the first athletics gold with a record-breaking throw of 20.75m and later 12-toed Swapna Barman entered the history books by becoming the country’s first heptathlete to grab a yellow metal at the Games. Dutee Chand returned to the track with a bang. Running as if there was no tomorrow, she ended up blazing the track for two silver medals, the one in 100m being India’s first in 20 years. If it was not for superior Africa-origin athletes, representing countries such as Qatar and Bahrain on track, India’s gold count would have been bigger. It was purely for this reason that Hima Das had to be content with a silver in the 200m as she ran alongside Nigerian-born Salwa Eid Naser. Neeraj Chopra expectedly achieved a super result by becoming the first Indian to win a gold in javelin throw and sprinters Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson too changed a few statistics with their courageous show. India’s badminton queens Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu continued to deliver the goods and ensured that the country’s 36-year-old wait for an individual medal ends. Sindhu’s silver and Saina’s bronze were among the highlights of India’s campaign along with the table tennis players’ two historic bronze in team events. Manika Batra was without doubt the biggest star of India’s CWG show at the Gold Coast but in Jakarta, winning two bronze in team events by competing against powerhouses like China and Japan is no mean feat. Batra, Sharath Kamal, G Sathian and Harmeet Desai deserve an applause for their effort. In Palembang, 16-year-old Chaudhary and 15-year old Shardul Vihan showed that India has no dearth of talent even as the other youngsters Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala must be disappointed for not winning a medal. Saurabh was one of the two gold medallists along with Rani Sarnobat while Shardul won a silver. Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat performed as if they owned the mat, winning gold medals with sheer domination. But veteran Sushil Kumar and Salshi Malik suffered disappointments. While there were many moments to rejoice, India’s performance in kabaddi and hockey disappointed the fans. Bridge buddies Bardhan and Shibnath Dey Sarkar won gold in men’s pairs and urged fans to not equate their sport with gambling, saying it’s a game of intellect. A gritty Amit Panghal ensured that a medal — gold — came from the boxing arena too, the Army man swelling India’s tally with a stunning win over reigning Olympic champion on the last penultimate day of the competition. The recurve archers disappointed with their lacklustre show but their compound teammates made sure that the contingent does nor return empty-handed. In kabaddi, Iran jolted India twice by taking both and men’s and women’s top prize. It came as a rude shock as India went into the Games as the continent’s powerhouse, having all nine gold medals in the past.advertisement The men’s and women’s hockey teams being the top-ranked in Asia were also expected to stand on top of the podium but a silver and bronze was all they could manage. By scoring more than 70 goals in the pool games, India’s men’s hockey team looked unstoppable before they were halted by Malaysia. The defence choked in the crucial last two minutes and they eventually lost it in sudden death. The team took a bronze by beating Pakistan. The women’s team lost in the final to Japan, who claimed both the gold medals. The positives far outweigh the disappointments in few events, and the many firsts and many national records that were broken during the Games provide hope for a bright future. PTI AT AH
D’Arcy Short blasted a brilliant double hundred for Western Australia against Queensland to register the highest individual score by an Australian in One-Day cricket on Friday.At the Hurstville Oval, Short raced to just his second List A hundred in just 83 deliveries but the next hundred came in only 45 deliveries as the 28-year-old went on to score 257 runs, hitting 23 sixes.It was in the 46th over then that Matthew Kuhnemann managed to stump him out but by then, Short had scored a 148-ball record score of 257. Short had notched up the third-highest score in men’s One-Day cricket.The highest List A score is that of Alistair Brown, who scored 268 runs for Surrey in a match against Glamorgan in 2002. On the other hand, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 is the highest score in One-Day Internationals.This man has just shattered the record books! @ShortDarcy smacked 257 off 148 balls against QLD — the highest score EVER in Australian one-day cricket!His demolition included 15 fours and… 23 SIXES (no joke)!!! #WestIsBest #JLTCup pic.twitter.com/UX2gPSA2FGWACA (@WACA_Cricket) September 28, 2018Short’s 23 sixes also became a record in One-Day cricket. It is the most number of sixes hit in Australia’s List A innings. New Zealander Colin Munro is the only other batsman to smash 23 sixes at domestic level in a first-class innings.In fact, such was the power and demolition of D’Arcy Short on Friday, that one of his sixes went on to break a window glass as well, as tweeted by his team Western Australia.advertisementWhen D’Arcy Short comes to town the windows have no hope! #SmashingShorty #JLTCup pic.twitter.com/82fYAXntBFWACA (@WACA_Cricket) September 28, 2018Short made his one-day international debut against England at Cardiff earlier this year and has also played 10 Twenty20 Internationals.Western Australia were eventually dismissed for 387 in 47 overs with Marcus Stoinis’s 27, the next highest score for the team.During the bowling innings, Andrew Tye was the highlight for Western Australia as he registered a six-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 6/46 to help his team win by 116 runs.Western Australia restricted Queensland to 271 runs in 42.3 overs, despite a century from Sam Heazlett.A century to Sam Heazlett our highlight for the day. Congrats to @WACA_Cricket and D’Arcy Short on his record breaking innings. #JLTCup #MaroonGrownHeroes pic.twitter.com/19FGziOsS7Queensland Cricket (@qldcricket) September 28, 2018(With Reuters inputs)
Mountain climbing with his wife Jelena after a poor first half of the year helped Novak Djokovic rediscover his mojo to win the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles, Serbia’s world number three said on Monday.The former world number one, who has won 14 Grand Slam titles, suffered a dramatic two-year dip in form after winning the 2016 French Open but is now brimming with confidence ahead of next week’s Shanghai Masters.”If I have to pick one moment which turned my season around, it was the aftermath of my quarter-final exit at this year’s Roland Garros,” he told reporters after an open practice session at his tennis complex in downtown Belgrade.”I took four or five days off and went mountaineering with my wife. Spending that time out in the nature helped me clear my mind and put things into perspective.”I then won titles at Wimbledon, Cincinnati and the US Open and I am very grateful that I hit top form again after a difficult first half of the season following the elbow surgery.”Djokovic, who looked sharp during the two-hour session, acknowledged his comeback was unexpectedly quick.”I had to change my game, especially my serve, as a result of the surgery. I didn’t expect to come back so quickly,” he said.”I was in the unfamiliar situation of losing more matches than I was winning early on this season and when that happens, you begin to wonder whether you’ve made the right decisions.”Now that my confidence is back, I am hungrier than ever to win more Grand Slams.advertisement”I had to learn to be patient. I am a different player and a different person than I was three years ago. I still believe I can repeat that 2015-2016 streak when I won four slams in a row, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”Djokovic is now in contention to reclaim the top spot with Masters events in Shanghai, Paris and London providing an opportunity to dislodge old rival Rafael Nadal from the summit.After the US Open success, he took part in the Laver Cup and welcomed the unique opportunity to join forces for team Europe with bitter rival Roger Federer, the winner of a record 20 Grand Slam titles.”Federer and I got to know each other as individuals and characters and my respect for him has only grown as I got to know him better as a person for the first time in our careers,” Djokovic said.”We trained together for the first time and I learned a lot from watching his routine. Our on-tour rivalry won’t change though. It will stay as intense as ever and that’s a very good thing for tennis and all the fans.”(With Reuters inputs)
Neymar ran the show in Paris on Wednesday as Paris Saint Germain inflicted a 6-1 rout on Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in their Champions League Group C encounter, even as Liverpool and Napoli struggled to find the net later in the evening.Neymar scored a hat-trick while Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe added a goal each as the 1991 European Cup winners Red Star were ripped apart away from home.Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan saved them from a heavier defeat but it was still their heaviest defeat in Europe, ending their 38-match unbeaten run in all competitions stretching back to last season.With the win, PSG now have three points from two games after their opening 3-2 defeat by Liverpool. Napoli later in the day beat Liverpool 1-0 to go on top of the group. Liverpool and PSG are level on second and third while Red Star are at the bottom with just a point.Hat-trick hero #PSGFKCZ pic.twitter.com/VU445N2csTParis Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 3, 2018Despite the obvious gulf in class, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel praised his team for keeping up a high tempo which barely allowed the visitors to get out of their own half and singled out the outstanding Neymar.”We’ve improved our intensity in every game and you saw that tonight,” Tuchel told a news conference.”Neymar is one of the best players in Europe. We have several of the best in our team — not just Neymar. We’ve won lots of games because we have the best players, but also because we were the best team. That’s very important.”advertisementAlso read – Champions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks TottenhamIt was one-way traffic from the start as the home side raced into a 2-0 lead with two goals in two minutes as Neymar curled a delightful free kick past Borjan in the 20th minute before he converted a fine run and pass by Mbappe.#UCL Skill of the Day: @neymarjr spots the gap… pic.twitter.com/wP6oeaXhJYUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 3, 2018Cavani made it 3-0 with a deflected shot from inside the penalty area in the 37th minute before Di Maria added a fourth from close range after Thomas Meunier floated in a superb pass with the outside of his foot.In between the goals and early in the second half, Borjan pulled off a string of superb saves to deny Neymar and Mbappe on multiple occasions as PSG carved open Red Star’s defence at will, with Mbappe also guilty of some sloppy finishing.Mbappe finally found the back of the net in the 70th minute after a dazzling move involving Neymar and Juan Bernat left the 19-year-old with a simple tap in from six metres.Red Star, playing in the competition’s group stages for the first time, scored their maiden goal on the big stage when midfielder Marko Marin buried a shot from 12 metres into the top corner in his team’s first purposeful move.Also read – Champions League: Insigne’s 90th minute winner for Napoli downs LiverpoolBorjan could only offer a wry smile when Neymar put the icing on the cake of a brilliant individual performance as he unleashed another breathtaking free kick from 30 metres in the 81st minute before he was substituted.Cavani had the ball in the back of the net again shortly afterwards but the goal was disallowed for a marginal offside as PSG kept their feet on the pedal until the final whistle.INTER’S ICARDI PROFITS FROM ERROR TO NET WINNER AGAINST PSVMauro Icardi took advantage of an error from PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to gift Inter Milan a 2-1 victory in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.Tonight was the first time since 2005-6 that we started a @ChampionsLeague campaign with two wins.Goodnight #InterFans, let’s get ready for #SpalInter now! #PSVFCIM #ForzaInter #UCL pic.twitter.com/S0wXCVL24cInter (@Inter_en) October 3, 2018Inter made it two wins from two and inflicted a second defeat on the Dutch side as Radja Nainggolan fired in an equaliser after Pablo Rosario scored his first goal in three years to give PSV the lead.The victory was deserved on the balance of play, though PSV can point to bad luck in crucial moments and will feel somewhat aggrieved, as shown by the plastic bottles that were launched from the stands on to the pitch late in the match.The home side went in front on 27 minutes when Dutch junior international Rosario thundered his drive from 30 yards into the top corner with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic rooted to the spot.advertisementThere was a moment of controversy five minutes before the break when Handanovic raced out of his box and handled the ball as Steven Bergwijn played it past him, earning the gloveman a yellow card. He was fortunate it was not red with Bergwijn probably free on goal but for his intervention.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs ValenciaWith the home crowd still seething, Inter levelled just before the break when Zoet could only parry Kwadwo Asamoah’s shot and the ball fell for Nainggolan to smash into the net from the edge of the box.PSV were unfortunate not to be in front shortly after halftime when Gaston Pereiro crashed his shot from the edge of the box against the post.But it was the visitors who scored next just before the hour-mark as Icardi took advantage of uncertainty in the PSV defence to latch on to a long-ball and as Zoet collided with defender Daniel Schwaab, the Argentine forward side-footed into the empty net.Handanovic made a stunning stop to deny PSV substitute Donyell Malen an equaliser from an overhead kick, the acrobatic effort matched by the save from the Slovenian keeper which earned his side all three points.CASILLAS KEEPS GALATASARAY AT BAYA second-half header by Moussa Marega gave Porto a 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray on Wednesday after veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas kept the Turkish side at bay.French-born Mali forward Marega struck four minutes after the break as Porto claimed their first win in Group D, leaving the Portuguese champions level on points at the top with Schalke and one ahead of their Turkish opponents.Oh Marega, oh Marega…#FCPorto #FCPGS #UCL pic.twitter.com/kws6XUGDKtFC Porto (@FCPorto) October 3, 2018Both teams created chances in an open end-to-end game with both Casillas and his opposite number Fernando Muslera keeping the score down.Muslera was first to be called into action when the Uruguayan got down to block Yacine Brahimi’s powerful volley at the foot of the post, a chance created by Jesus Corona’s weaving run.Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas, taking part in his 20th Champions League campaign, made two important saves with his legs just before halftime.First, he blocked Yuto Nagatomo’s close-range effort, then he foiled Sinan Gumus after the Galatasaray forward had burst from inside his own half.Porto, beaten 5-0 by Liverpool in their last home game in the competition, broke through when Alex Telles swung over a cross and Danilo distracted three defenders leaving Marega unmarked to head home from close range.Garry Rodrigues missed a chance to level by firing over after a one-two with Gumus and Muslera denied Marega a second goal after the Porto forward broke clear of the Galatasaray defence.Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real MadridadvertisementLOKOMOTIV DERAILED BY LATE MCKENNIE HEADER FOR SCHALKESchalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie scored with a header two minutes from time to give the Bundesliga side a 1-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow in a rain-soaked Champions League match on Wednesday.BIG MOOD pic.twitter.com/TdgZt6UBcCWeston McKennie (@WMckennie) October 3, 2018Schalke’s first victory in Group D, in a disappointing game littered with misplaced passes, left them with four points from two games while the Russian champions have yet to get off the mark. Porto (one point) were hosting Galatasaray (three) later on Wednesday.Lokomotiv, whose 71-year-old coach Yuri Semin is in his fourth stint at the club, edged the first half and Dmitiri Barinov had their best chance with a low shot from the edge of the area which was turned away by Ralf Faehrmann.That proved to be Lokomotiv’s only shot on target.Schalke, who have lost five of their opening six Bundesliga matches, improved after the break and carved out several openings.One neat move down the left ended with Breel Embolo slipping the ball to Mark Uth whose shot went straight at goalkeeper Guilherme. Uth also flashed a low shot centimetres wide of the post in the 85th minute.They finally broke through in the 88th minute when 20-year-old American McKennie outjumped three defenders at a corner to head in.(With Reuters inputs)
New Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Friday launched a new version of its premium SUV AMG G 63 priced at Rs 2.19 crore (ex-showroom). The model comes powered by a 4-litre V8 biturbo diesel engine that generates 585 hp of power. It can attain 100 km/h from standstill in 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 220 km/h. “The extreme rock-climbing abilities combined with sports car performance, class leading styling and a high-tech cabin makes the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 yet another legend in the making,” Mercedes-Benz India Vice President, Sales and Marketing Michael Jopp told reporters here. The company continues its product offensive and the new AMG G 63 is the tenth product it has launched for the Indian market in 2018, he added. “We have an exciting line-up for the upcoming festive season and our product innovations will continue in the coming months,” Jopp said. PTI MSS RKL ANSANS
(Eds: (Adds details including political reax)) Sikar/Jaipur, Oct 7 (PTI) An inspector and a constable were allegedly shot dead by “gangsters” in an SUV who opened fire on a police team chasing them in a private vehicle at Beswa village under Fatehpur police station in Sikar district, an official said Sunday. A massive manhunt was launched to catch the killers following which one of the suspects was detained and being interrogated, Inspector General of Police V K Singh told PTI. The incident occurred late Saturday night when Fatehpur police station SHO Mukesh Kanungo and Constable Ram Prakash, acting on a tip off, set up barricades near Beswa village to apprehend ‘gangster’ Ajay Chaudhary and his aides, said V K Singh. Singh said as Chaudhary and his aides reached the spot in a sports utility vehicle, the police team signalled them to stop, but they sped past after slowing down momentarily, prompting the policemen to start a chase. “The policemen, in civil dress, chased the gangsters in a private vehicle when Chaudhary and four of his associates stopped their vehicle and opened fire,” V K Singh said. In the firing, Kanungo was hit in the neck and the constable on the chest, said the official adding both succumbed to the injuries before they could be rushed to a hospital. The IG said one of the accused ‘named in the FIR’ lodged after the incident was detained and being interrogated. The killing of the two policemen in poll-bound Rajasthan kicked up a political storm with the Opposition blaming the BJP government for the “deteriorating” law and order situation.advertisement State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria assured that all the accused would be arrested soon. “Two policemen have died. Director General of Police (DGP) is taking stock of the situation in Sikar. The accused would be arrested soon. All possible support and honours would be given to the victims, Kataria told reporters. Congress leader Ashok Gehlot accused the BJP government of failing to address the law and order situation in the state. “This is shocking that an SHO and a constable were shot dead by criminals in Fatehpur of Sikar district. Law and order is at its worst in the state. Even the police is not safe. The BJP rule has turned Rajasthan into a place, where only criminals feel safe,” Gehlot tweeted. Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot told reporters that both Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has “completely failed” in dealing with the law and order situation. Meanwhile, the bodies of the slain policemen were handed over to their families after post-mortem. The slain SHO and the constable were later cremated with ‘state honour’ in Jaipur and Sikar respectively, the police officials said. PTI CORR AG ADSRAX
After an Indian flight attendant accused former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her, singer Chinmayi Sripaada has now claimed that Lasith Malinga sexually assaulted a woman at a Mumbai hotel.Sripaada shared a post on Twitter where she narrated the alleged incident.Malinga is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest bowlers in limited-overs formats. In 2017 ODIs he has taken 306 wickets and 90 wickets in 68 T20 Internationals.Cricketer Lasith Malinga. pic.twitter.com/Y1lhbF5VSKChinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 11, 2018Malinga also played 30 Tests and took 101 wickets.The alleged incident, according to Sripaada, took place during an IPL season.Malinga, who has played all 10 seasons of the IPL for Mumbai Indians, has 154 wickets from 110 matches in the league. He is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL.On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Ranatunga was accused of sexual harassment by an Indian flight attendant.During one of his visits to India, Ranatunga (currently Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development), allegedly grabbed the woman by her waist and slid his hands along the side of her breasts. The woman later ran to the hotel reception and complained about Ranatunga’s actions but the staff told her, “It is your private matter.””My star struck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I’d brought along . They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.advertisement”She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find Vandana and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.”Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, “it is your private matter” and that they can’t help me,” the woman wrote in her facebook post. An Indian air hostess claimed Arjuna Ranatunga sexually harassed her at a hotel in Mumbai (Facebook post)
Cricketing legend Arjuna Ranatunga, who was Sri Lanka’s petroleum minister until Friday, has been arrested over a shooting that killed a person.Spokesperson of the Sri Lankan Ruwan Gunasekera told news agency Reuters, “Colombo Crime division arrested Ranatunga over the shooting incident and he will be produced to the court shortly.”The political crises in Sri Lanka took an ugly turn on Sunday when bodyguards of 54-year-old Ranatunga, a loyalist of sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, fired live rounds at the supporters of the new premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, leaving one person dead.One person succumbed to his injuries and two others were hospitalised in the shooting incident and a security personnel was arrested at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) premises in Dematagoda following a tense situation.Ranathunga was the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team when it won the world cup in 1996.On Saturday, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament and the cabinet after he appointed a new prime minister on Friday.Since then, members of trade unions linked to the new prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, have blocked ministers from the old cabinet from entering their ministries.Police said earlier that in an altercation on Sunday when Ranatunga tried to enter his office, his security guard shot and killed one person and wounded two.(With inputs from agencies)ALSO READ | Sri Lankan political crisis explained in 10 pointsALSO READ | US calls on Sri Lanka president to immediately reconvene parliament